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Alley of Classics, Chișinău

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Alley of Classics
Central Parc Chisinau.JPG
Coordinates47°01′32″N 28°49′39″E / 47.02562°N 28.82741°E / 47.02562; 28.82741
LocationCentral Chișinău
TypeSculptural complex
Beginning date1957
Opening dateApril 29, 1958
Dedicated toRomanian cultural elite

The Alley of Classics (Romanian: Aleea Clasicilor) is a sculptural complex located in the Stephen the Great Park in Central Chișinău, Moldova.[1]


The alley is decorated on both sides with red granite busts of classic literary figures and political leaders from Moldova.[2] The alley is located between the Ștefan cel Mare boulevard and the bronze bust of Alexander Pushkin, set on a granite column and made by Russian sculptor Alexander Opekushin.[2] The alley was built and received its name in 1958, and became one of the most important tourist attractions in Chișinău.[3] At first there were only twelve sculptures, but after the fall of the Soviet Union the local authorities added busts of Romanian and Moldovan writers and poets that were banned during the Soviet regime.[2]

The idea of a sculptural complex was launched by the interwar sculptor Alexandru Plămădeală, who dreamed to create an open-air museum. Just during the Khrushchev Thaw, the Alley of Classics was unveiled on April 29, 1958, in the Stephen the Great Park (former "A. S. Pușkin" Park). The sculptural complex from Cișmigiu Gardens in Bucharest served as a model.[4]


The bust of Alexander Pushkin

The Alley of Classics contains 28 busts (including that of Alexander Pushkin, lying at the head of the alley) in alphabetical order.[2]

Nr Bust[3] Unveiled[3] Sculptor[3] Image
1 Vasile Alecsandri 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi
Vasile Alecsandri bust.jpg
2 Tudor Arghezi 1995 Dimitrie Verdeanu
Aleea Clasicilor Arghezi.jpg
3 Gheorghe Asachi 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi
Gheorghe Asachi (2475758484).jpg
4 George Bacovia 2001 Milița Petrașcu
Aleea Clasicilor Bacovia.jpg
5 Lucian Blaga 1992 Alexandra Picunov
Aleea Clasicilor Blaga.jpg
6 Dimitrie Cantemir 1957 Nikolay Gorenashev
Dimitrie Cantemir bust.jpg
7 George Călinescu 1997 Serghei Ganenko
George Calinescu bust.jpg
8 George Coșbuc 1996 Constantin Popovici
Aleea Clasicilor Cosbuc.jpg
9 Ion Creangă 1957 Lev Averbuh
Ion Creanga bust.jpg
10 Alecu Donici 1957 Ioan Cheptănaru
Aleea Clasicilor Donici.jpg
11 Mircea Eliade 1997 Vasile Golea
Aleea Clasicilor Eliade.jpg
12 Mihai Eminescu 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi
Aleea Clasicilor Eminescu.jpg
13 Octavian Goga 2000 Cornel Medrea
Aleea Clasicilor Goga.jpg
14 Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu 1957 Ioan Cheptănaru
Aleea Clasicilor Hasdeu.jpg
15 Alexandru Hâjdeu 1957 Vladislav Krakoveak
Alexandru Hâjdeu bust.jpg
16 Nicolae Iorga 1990? Mihail Ekobici
Bust Nicolae Iorga.JPG
17 Mihail Kogălniceanu 1990? ?
Aleea Clasicilor Kogalniceanu.jpg
18 Alexei Mateevici 1990 Dmitri Rusu-Skvortsov
Aleea Clasicilor Mateevici.jpg
19 Nicolae Milescu 1957 Lev Averbuh
Nicolae Milescu-Spatarul bust.jpg
20 Constantin Negruzzi 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi &
Aleksandr Maiko
Costache Negruzzi bust.jpg
21 Liviu Rebreanu 27 November 2009 Milița Petrașcu
22 Alecu Russo 1957 Vasili Larcenko
Alecu Russo bust.jpg
23 Mihail Sadoveanu 1990? Group of artists
Aleea Clasicilor Sadoveanu.jpg
24 Constantin Stamati 1957 Leonid Fitov
Constantin Stamati bust.jpg
25 Nichita Stănescu 1990? Group of artists
Aleea Clasicilor Stanescu.jpg
26 Constantin Stere 1991 Giorgi Dubrovin
Aleea Clasicilor Stere.jpg
27 Grigore Vieru 12 February 2010 Victor Macovei &
Ruslan Tihonciuc
Bustul lui Grigore Vieru.JPG


  • Călina Trifan, "Aleea Clasicilor", Chișinău, Editura "Arc", 2009.


  1. ^ Monumentele Moldovei (in Romanian). Chişinău. 1969. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c d Monumentele de istorie şi cultură din Republica Moldova (in Romanian). Chișinău. 1994. p. 83.
  3. ^ a b c d Chişinău, Enciclopedie (in Romanian). Chişinău. 1997. p. 34.
  4. ^ Călina Trifan, "Aleea Clasicilor", Chişinău, Editura "Arc", 2009.
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